(1.)Basic Information

Pang Jiaguang

Ph.D, Professor

Xi’an Jiaotong University



Theoretical linguistics 



My research centers on cognitive linguistics, Chinese syntax, and theoretical linguistics. Areas I am particularly interested in include:

Functional words

Word classes

Argument construction

data driven linguistic research

usage-based linguistic research

Now, I am working on Chinese syntax from the perspective of cognition and usage, dynamic syntax as well as contrastive study on grammatical constructions among different languages. The syntactic phenomena include splittable words, subject-object inversion construction, passive construction, nominal predicative construction, verb copy construction, subjectification, among others. I am willing to work with students who are interested in syntax, semantics or pragmatics, cogntive lingistics, language variety, etc.

Book Recommendation: 

      Larson, Richard. K. Grammar as Science. Cambridge: MIT, 2010.

      Isac, D. & Reiss, C. I-language: an Introduction to Cognitive Science. Oxford: OUP, 2008.

      Lee, D. Cognitive linguistics. Oxford University Press, 2001.

      Hilpert, M. Construction Grammar and its Applications to English. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.

      Taylor, John. R. Linguistic Categorization: Prototypes in Linguistic Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1995.

Taylor, John. R. Cognitive Grammar. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.         



    Room A803, Shaw BuildingSchool of Foreign Studies, (or Room 5-5099, I-harbor) 

    Xi'an Jiaotong University

    28 Xianning West Road, Xi’an, Shaanxi 710049

    E-mail: jiaguangATmail.xjtu.edu.cn




July, 2016-

Jan., 2017

Research in University of Pittsburgh (USA) as a visiting scholar

Sep., 2009-

Dec., 2014

Ph.D. Theoretical Linguistics. Nanjing University, Nanjing, China 

Dissertation: Nominal Predication in Mandarin Chinese: A Recategorization-Based Model


July, 2012-

Jan., 2013


Research in University of Pittsburgh (USA) as a visiting scholar

April, 2002

M.A. Applied Linguistics. Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China


June, 1999

B.A. English. Xi’an Jiaotong University, Xi’an, China


(5.)Scientific Research




Articles in Refereed Journals




Pang, J. (2020). On dynamicity of Chinese grammar: With splittable compounds and fake attributive construction as examples. Journal of  Foreign Languages(CSSCI[1]), (3).

Pang, J. (2019). On argument realization of passive construction: A control cycle perspective. Modern Foreign Languages(CSSCI[1]), 182-193.

Pang, J. (2018). Constructional coercion or lexical coercion—More on “bei- zisha”. Journal of PLA University of Foreign Languages (CSSCI), (2), 55-63.

Pang, J. (2015). On (in)completeness of adjectival predication: A conceptual semantics perspective. Linguistics & Applied Linguistics (CSSCI), 293-302.

Pang, J. (2015). “You(have) + quantity phrase”: From objective construal to subjective construal. Contemporary Linguistics(CSSCI), (2), 172-187.

Pang, J. (2015). On conceptual basis of locative predicate and spatial thinking in Mandarin Chinese. Foreign Language Education (CSSCI), (2), 35-40.

Pang, J. (2014). On “NP le()” construction: A construction-based approach. Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies(CSSCI), (2), 52-60.

Pang, J. (2013). Nominal predicate in Mandarin Chinese: A construction-based approachJournal of PLA University of Foreign Languages (CSSCI), (6), 20-25.

Pang, J. (2013). Categorial mismatch: Grammatical construction and recategorization. Foreign Language and Literature, (5), 69-74.

Pang, J. (2012). A cognitive grammar approach to dummy verb “Jinxing(doing)”. Chinese Language Learning (CSSCI), (4), 59-66.

Pang, J. (2012). On conceptual nature of dummy verb “Jinxing(进行)”Journal of Xi’an International Studies University, (2), 56-59.

Pang, J. & X. Xiaoyan. (2011). On adaptation of hyperbole as a pragmatic strategy. Language Teaching and Linguistic Studies (CSSCI)(3), 79-86.

Pang, J. (2008). Cognitive inference and conventionalization of pragmatic vaguenessJournal of Beijing International Studies University, (10), 1-5.

Pang, J. (2008). A pragma-cognitive analysis of pragmatic vagueness and its pragmaticalizationJournal of PLA University of Foreign Languages (CSSCI), (4), 13-17. 

Pang, J. (2008). Pragmatic modularization and its significanceJournal of Sichuan International Studies University (CSSCI)(1), 93-97. 

Pang, J. (2008). On Recanati’s cognitive pragmaticsResearch in Foreign Language & Literature, (1), 32-36. 

Pang, J. & X. Xiaoyan. (2008). Investigation on English learning orientation of non-English majorsEducational Research on Foreign Languages & Arts, (2), 50-55. 

Pang, J. & X. Xiaoyan. (2006). Empirical research on Web-based English learning adaptability of college studentsJournal of Hebei Radio & TV University, (5), 79-81. 

Pang, J. (2006). Barthelme’s works: reality behind absurdityJournal of Hunan University of Science and Engineering, (9), 104-106. 



Pang, J. (2017). Research on Chinese Cognitive Syntax. Beijing: Science Press. 

Pang, J. (2015). Nominal Predication in Mandarin Chinese: A Cognitive Grammar Perspective. Xi’an: Xi’an Jiaotong University Press. 


In Edited Volumes

Pang, J. (2009). Does verbal communication rest on inference or perception? In H. Ziran & C. Xinren, (eds.). Studies in Pragmatics (Vol.1). Beijing: Higher Education Press, 38-47.


Refereed Presentations

Pang, J. (2015). A cognitive grammar account of novel passive construction in Chinese: Interaction among construction, autonomous event and knowledge context. Paper presented at The International Conference on Language Form and Function (ICLFF), Suzhou University, Suzhou, China, March.

Pang, J. (2014). Adjectival predicate in Mandarin Chinese: A construction-based approach. Paper presented at The 15thChina International Conference on Contemporary LinguisticsHeilongjiang University, Heilongjiang, July.

Pang, J. (2011). On conceptual and psychological basis of word classes. Paper presented at The National Doctoral Forum of Foreign Language Studies, Nanjing University, Nanjing, August.

Pang, J. (2011). On the psychological representation of non-selective argument construction—a cognitive grammar approach. Paper posted at The 11th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Xi’an International Studies University, Xi’an, July.

Pang, J. (2011). On complexity of conceptual integration—a case study of dummy word “Jingxing(进行).” Paper presented at The 7th National Cognitive Linguistics Conference, Shanghai International Studies University, Shanghai, July.

Pang, J. (2007). Empirical research on English learning anxiety of college studentsPaper presented at The Annual Meeting of Shaanxi College English Teaching Conference, Xi’an, December.

Pang, J. (2007). Does verbal communication rest on inference or perception? Paper presented at The 10th National Pragmatics Conference, Nanjing University, Nanjing, July.

Pang, J. (2007). An examination of TWBLT learning adaptation in the EFL setting. Paper presented at The 1st National Applied Linguistics Conference, Beijing, May.




Principal Investigator


Research on syntax and semantics of passive construction from the perspective of cognitive semantics


Social Science Fund of Shaanxi Province 


RMB 15,000

Task-centered & output-oriented research on “EGP-EAP” teaching model


Teaching Reform Fund of Xi’an Jiaotong University


RMB 1,0000

Data-driven research on novel construction change


Scientific Research Fund of Xi’an Jiaotong University (Interdisciplinary Studies)


RMB 5,0000

Cognitive research on nominal predicate in Mandarin Chinese 


Social Science Youth Fund of Ministry of Education


RMB 60,000

Teaching reform of college English reading course 


Teaching Reform Fund of Xi’an Jiaotong University


RMB 3,000

Cognitive and pragmatic research on vague utterance


Scientific Research Fund of Xi’an Jiaotong University


RMB 5,000





Corpus-based research on cognitive mechanism of non-canonical subject construction in English and Chinese (2019M007)  


Research on communicative pragmatic competence of university students in Xi’an


Social Science Fund of Shaanxi Province 



RMB 20,000


Social Science Fund of Xi’an City 


RMB 6,000

Integrated College English as a Core Course


Shaanxi Core Course Program


RMB 70,000

Teaching material development of Integrated College English


“985” Teaching Material Development Program of Xi’an Jiaotong University


RMB 100,000




Research on English teaching of innovative talented students of Xi’an Jiaotong University (1st period)


Teaching Reform Fund of Xi’an Jiaotong University


RMB 30,000

Research on Web-based News English practice course



Teaching Reform Fund of Xi’an Jiaotong University


RMB 5,000

Pragmatic competence-oriented Research on Commercial English teaching design


Teaching Reform Fund of Xi’an Jiaotong University


RMB 5,000

Hedges in academic papers of English and Chinese: a corpus-based contrastive research


Social Science Fund of Shaanxi Province 


RMB 10,000

Critical discourse analysis of vague language in English interview program


Social Science Fund of Ministry of Education


RMB 90,000

Demonstration site of college English reform 


Ministry of Education Fund


RMB 200,000

Research on pragmatic competence of college students of non-English majors 


Development Fund of School of Foreign Studies of Xi’an Jiaotong University


RMB 3,000

Development of Fuzzy set of “Tongshun”(coherence) as a semantic quantifier in translation


Social Science Fund of Shaanxi Province


RMB 6,000

Establishment of college English standard examination of Xi’an Jiaotong University


Teaching Reform Fund of Xi’an Jiaotong University


RMB 100,000

Research on network-based college English teaching


Teaching Reform Fund of Xi’an Jiaotong University


RMB 60,000

Research on college English intensive teaching


Teaching Reform Fund of Xi’an Jiaotong University

09/2004-09/2005 (Period 1)

09/2005-09/2006 (Period 2)

RMB 100,000

Research on vagueness of natural language and its translation


National Social Science Fund


RMB 70,000

Research on English education system reform


National Foreign Language Education Fund


RMB 10,000



[1] CSSCI: Chinese Social Sciences Citation Index